California Regulators Blast PG&E For Failures During Unprecedented Emergency Blackout

The California Public Utilities Commission’s President Marybel Batjer ordered Pacific Gas and Electric Company to take a multitude of immediate corrective actions after it encountered significant problems with communication and coordination during the largest public safety power shut-off event in the history of California, which impacted an estimated 2 million people, according to an Oct.…

Michigan Regulators Propose Overhaul of Natural Gas Standards Including Cybersecurity Rules

The Michigan Public Service Commission is proposing to amend rules governing the technical standards for gas service for utilities under the Commission’s jurisdiction, including cybersecurity measures, according to an Oct. 17 press release. The proposed rules reflect new technologies in the area of metering, equipment inspections and tests as well as removing references to obsolete…

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Step Down This Year Amid Ukraine Scandal

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced his resignation on Oct. 17 amid a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions to pressure the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent Joe Biden. The Energy Department wrote to House Committees that it would not comply with a subpoena demanding Ukraine-related documents, arguing that the House…

EnerKnol IRP/RFP/PPA Tracking Table Q3 2019

Utilities across North America are investing billions of dollars to decarbonize their power fleets to comply with unprecedented greenhouse gas emission cuts and bold renewable energy targets. The pivot to cleaner and greener power sources is reflected in the integrated resource plans and RFPs that utilities file with state commissions. Keep on top of the…...

Biofuel Industry Says U.S. EPA Failed to Ensure Integrity of Renewable Fuel Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Oct. 15 proposed to calculate the small refinery exemptions for 2020 under the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, program based on a three-year average of the relief recommended by the Energy Department. The biofuel industry criticized the proposal for failing to meet the Oct. 4 agreement with the Trump…

Venture Global LNG’s Plaquemines Export Project Wins U.S. Energy Department Approval

The U.S. Energy Department authorized Venture Global Plaquemines LNG LLC to export liquefied natural gas equivalent to 3.4 billion cubic feet per day from its proposed export facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana to countries with non-free trade agreement for a term of 20 years, according to an Oct. 16 order. With this project, the agency…

NYSERDA Releases Best Practice Guidelines To Advance More Resilient and Energy Efficient Buildings Statewide

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released the the NYStretch Energy Code 2020 toolkit, which aims to aid municipalities interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated building construction projects, according to an October 10 press release. The toolkit includes one-page fact sheets describing NYStretch and its benefits, a step-by-step adoption guide…

Massachusetts Regulators Slash National Grid’s Rate Request, Reject $166 Million EV Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued a final order on Oct. 7 approving National Grid’s electric rate request, with a $41.8 million or 32 percent cut to the company’s original application for a $132.2 million hike. Regulators also approved performance-based ratemaking proposals, storm cost recovery and a limited part of the company’s aggressive electric vehicle…

FERC Cybersecurity Report Provides Recommendations to Improve Compliance With Reliability Standards

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a report on Oct. 4 finding that most of the cyber security protection processes and procedures adopted by registered entities of the bulk power system met the mandatory requirements of the Critical Infrastructure Protection, or CIP, Reliability Standards during fiscal year 2019. The report, based on audits of registered…

New Hampshire Approves Unitil’s Request to Hike Power Rates Almost 16 Percent

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has approved Unitil Energy Systems, Inc.’s request to recover the costs of power supply through a bump in rates of about 10.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to the Oct. 4 order. The average monthly bills for small residential customers taking energy service from Unitil will increase by about 15.5 percent…

Indexing REC Pricing Against Market Prices Will Lower Costs of Renewable Projects: Clean Energy Groups

Directing future Tier 1 renewable energy credit, or REC, procurements under New York’s Clean Energy Standard to include pricing that is indexed against wholesale market prices will result in lower and less volatile costs to consumers, according to an Oct. 2 filing by the American Wind Energy Association,  Alliance for Clean Energy New York, and…

Department of Energy Authorizes LNG Exports from $500 million Eagle LNG Project in Florida

The U.S. Department of Energy issued an order to Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, L.P. approving exports of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Eagle Jacksonville Project, according to an October 4 press release. Under the order, Eagle LNG will have the authority to export up to 0.14 billion cubic feet per day of…